Photography and film give me an opportunity to fulfill my curiosity for the mysteries of everyday encounters. I am always interested in people’s vitality and fate, how we shape the world around us, and vice versa.
On an emotional and narrative level, I am interested in looking at human bonds and at people’s being, both physical and mental: love relationships, family, friendship, childhood, aging, physical fragility, sensuality, courage, desire and hope. I recognize that these are very broad themes. But it’s this universality that creates a bond, touches us as we recognize common existential questions and feelings. The stories I tell through my photographs or films don’t provide answers to these questions. Hopefully, they act as moments of contemplation and recognition. This open humanist focus is the common strand between my personal projects and my commissioned work. Whether I am photographing and filming on assignment or for personal work, my drive is to tell stories that touch and inspire people.
On a technical level I like my images to have a sense of peace and quietness. Even if I capture a busy scene I find it important that the image is clear. A combination of real life stolen moments and carefully arranged framing, light and color composition. Whether it’s an assignment with a large crew behind me, or a documentary portrait just by myself I have the same approach.
Education: Carnegie Mellon University - Gerrit Rietveld Academy - Dutch Film Academy